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Admitting Setbacks

It's one thing to admit a setback or even a series of setbacks, but I will never admit defeat. At least, not in personal battles where the adversary is some aspect of myself. In this case the setback that I need to admit is my personal Battle of the Bulge. That weight loss plateau I hit on my diet sometime back? After a month of trying to break it... It broke me. Well, for a few weeks, anyway, as I succumbed to so much frustration with crackers over cookies and fruit over fettuccine, that I gave up. What followed was eating whatever, whenever... much of it healthy, but also sweets, especially at night. The result? I'm not exactly back to square one, but … [Read More...]




The challenges of getting to know our neighbors – in real and virtual communities.

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A Double Life

Secret love lives… Apparently, surprisingly common.

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Pinpointing Our Pleasure (and Other Emotions)

A bite of toast with just the right drizzle of honey, followed by a sip of steaming French Roast. Mmmm. Now that's what I call pleasure... A thriller brought to life on the screen, with all the emotional twists and turns I hope for in the genre, and … [Read More...]

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Oops! Don’t Leave the House Without…

Don't leave the house without your keys. (Especially if the door locks behind you.) Don't leave the house without your driver's license. (Especially if you're cruising through the neighborhood speed trap.) Don't leave the house without washing your hair. (Especially if you're going shopping where … [Read More...]

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Midlife Makeover: “Dress Your Age”

"Dress your age!" Have you been on the receiving end of that remark? Have you said or thought those words about someone you know? Maybe you've heard or used this variation: "That isn't age appropriate." How many of us wonder if the "dress your age" rules we once grew up with still apply, and if so, exactly what that means and when? I have … [Read More...]

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The Pros and Cons of Expecting the Best

"Expect the best, plan for the worst." It's an expression I like, especially in business. Yet while I see logic in these words, I don't find them to be motivating counsel. If anything, I'm more likely to be wary of expecting the best. And while that sounds like a negative attitude, as it turns out, it may be anything but. When our expectations are … [Read More...]

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Learning to Say Yes

By Rudri Patel “Come on, Momma. Please come. Just try it once. I promise I will hold your hand.” My daughter’s voice is high-pitched and her expression is wide-eyed. She's pleading with me to ride on Space Mountain, the scariest rollercoaster in Disneyland. “No, honey. You know I don’t like heights. I get dizzy … [Read More...]

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In Her Shoes

By Missy Robinson I was impatiently sorting and stacking her tiny shoes. They had been tossed without care into a closet too small to hold them all. I was noticing the lack of order, the lack of care and the general messiness of her space, from fluttering papers pinned and taped on her walls to the too-massive assortment of plush animals … [Read More...]

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Neatness Counts

By Larry Bernstein I’m a neat freak, and I’m raising an 11-year-old slob. Where did I go wrong? I cringe at the heap that lies on the rug in my son’s room. It includes baseball cards, Lego pieces, balled up underwear, popsicle sticks, and the first 20 pages from a book that was read into oblivion. Add the half-eaten yogurt that’s turned … [Read More...]

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Differences of (More Than) Opinion

Consider this an intermission in the "makeover" series for something different... to discuss differences... Differences in opinion, in temperament, in personality types -- and how we deal with them. I find it fascinating that family members can be so different from one another. Haven't you observed the differences in siblings … [Read More...]

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The Butterfly

It wasn't a monarch, but it was a deep shade of yellow with black markings, and graceful as it fluttered in and out of a ragged patch of ground cover. Normally, I wouldn't notice a butterfly, nor give it more than a passing glance. I'm always in too much of a hurry. This morning, in my usual Little White Rabbit habit of rushing, I scurried by … [Read More...]

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The Self-Help Aisle

Once, it was simply known as the self-help aisle, a section in your local bookstore where you might find guidance on becoming a more likable person, uncovering your true passion in life, meeting the man (or woman) of your dreams, losing weight and getting fit, or meeting the man of your dreams while losing weight and getting fit. If … [Read More...]

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On Deadline Detail

"I'll give him six more months to pop the question, or it's over." She's approaching her 30th birthday, she has more than three years invested in the relationship and she's giving her guy a deadline. She's raised the issue before -- commit or she's gone -- and now she's doing it in earnest. He has a half a year to make up his mind. As I watch … [Read More...]

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Retiring the Cape

By Tracey Cleantis According to Erik Erikson, the developmental psychologist, at each phase of life we have to reconcile a developmental challenge. In our 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and beyond, we are supposed to be at a stage of generativity (i.e. generosity) versus stagnation. What that means is that we are supposed to be giving back … [Read More...]

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Midlife Makeover: Improving Our Sleep Habits

It isn't solely a problem for women in middle age, and nor is it solely a problem for women. Insomnia, sleep deprivation, and the need to improve sleeping habits are all part of a nationwide dilemma, as you have no doubt read many times. However, adequate sleep is definitely a challenge for women, in particular as we hit midlife. … [Read More...]

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Happiness: The Perfect Goal?

Who doesn't want to be happy? Who can't get behind happiness as a personal, social and political agenda? Isn't the pursuit of happiness guaranteed to us, with the expectation that we can attain it? I could not let this New York Times opinion piece on the dangers of happiness go unremarked. Let's be honest: We live in a country that … [Read More...]

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Quality Time (for Couples)

I recall years of discussions about quality time in parenting. Personally, I think quality time for couples is a concept that is equally applicable and strangely, ignored. Why do I say this aspect of couple time is ignored? … [Read More...]

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Dealing With Difficult People

Have you ever had dealings with difficult people? Are you someone that others consider difficult or unreasonable? I was catching up with a friend on the phone last evening. She was telling me about her new job. She's weathered work storms before (and had experiences working with difficult people), and she knows … [Read More...]

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Medical Myopia

Medicine is big business. We know that. Or maybe I should say -- insurance and pharmaceuticals are big business. And both, when it comes to the little guy -- that's you and me -- are very short-sighted. I won't subject you to the play by play, but here is the gist of my latest healthcare system misadventures, and why I'm miffed … [Read More...]

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Midlife Makeover: 1950s Style for… 50s Style?

Capri pants. Full skirts. Three-quarter length sleeves. Suits cinched at the waist. Ah yes, the Dior waist... Fabulous. These are just a few of the style trends from the 1950s that come to mind, and with them, icons like Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. Speaking of Marilyn and fifties fashions, a few nights back, I happened upon … [Read More...]

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When You Need Alone Time

Are you feeling a need for alone time? Do you like to be alone? Do you attribute it to an independent spirit, or is it something else entirely? Ah, choosing independence and choosing solo time are two different things... but how are they related? … [Read More...]

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Does Effort Matter If You Don’t Get Results?

What's more important -- effort or results? No, this isn't about my (stalled) Non-Diet Diet, though it could be. It isn't about my (foolish?) insistence on 14-hour workdays, though it could be. It is a question we ask ourselves -- or should -- when we consider what we value and what we praise in a variety of contexts. … [Read More...]